Excerpt:Â When you hold the biggest stick, freedom is whatever you say it is. Freedom is continually being redefined by the person, the group or the nation that carries the biggest stick. Until the United States was created, people were free to do whatever the king, dictator, warlord or chief allowed them to do.In the new United States of America, however, people were free to pursue "... life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness," subject only to those restrictions in law to which they consented. And those restrictions applied equally to all. Democrats howled at the president's commutation of Scooter Libby's jail time, demanding "equal justice for all." These are the same Democrats who are first in line to end tax credits for the rich. Where is the "equal justice" in a tax code that forces some people to pay the government more of their income than others have to pay? This practice is not "equal justice"; it is, in fact, an example of the socialist principle: "from each according to his ability; to each according to his need."
The president's power to pardon is granted equally to all presidents, even to Bill Clinton's pardons, which included fugitive felon Marc Rich, whose wife just happened to be a major contributor to Clinton causes.